wrapping up winter & prepping for spring.

Being in Vietnam wearing a tank top in 60 degree weather makes me feel somewhat thankful that I am not in the East Coast trying to survive through the winter. This tropical spirit also put me in the mood to shop for some easy breezy clothes to prepare for the spring that is (hopefully) coming. I took advantage of the current sale (still) happening at my favorite stores to shop for some good layering pieces. Super stoked to come back to Brooklyn and have these waiting for me at home.



Have been listening to Beirut's new album ever since it came out and still loving it so much - really never fails to put me in a good mood.

I could see myself laying on the sands listening to this till the sun goes down (hint :). Check out the whole album if you feel tired of the winter and need some vacation mood in your life.


Travel Journal: Tokyo, JP.

If you remember from my last blog post, I mentioned I had quite a jam-packed travel plan back to Vietnam. Well, right after I had (somewhat of) a vacation with my family in Da Nang, the next day we were en route to Tokyo. Not sure if I have shared but Tokyo is on the top of my must-visit cities (even though I have been here before when I was younger). Sure enough, the city did not disappoint me.
My impression of Tokyo could be summarized in one word: busy. There are literally people every where - and that is from a girl who lives in New York city. After landing in Narita and taking a long train ride into Tokyo, we had to do a train transfer in Shimbashi Sta., and never in my life that I ever saw so many people walking so fast but orderly in so many directions like that. I also never experienced being so stuffed ( in its literal meaning) in a train like that rush hour ride I took that morning.
But after that initial shock, the rest of the Tokyo trip was an adventure. I enjoyed walking around the busy streets of Shinjuku and Harajuku, doing a lot of shopping, visited some cool temples, trying to order food on the machines at the restaurants (and the results were always delicious), being part of the crowd at Shinbuya Crossing, visited a beautiful Japanese Tea garden.
I wish that I could stay longer to experience more of the Japan, and of course, eat more food. Not sure if 5 short days in Japan can make me an Tokyo expert, but if there is one recommendation I could make, it must be this one Tonkatsu place (FUKUYOSHI in Harajuku) that we, by the grace of God, stumbled upon during our afternoon stroll in Harajuku. We came in tried to order in English, and the sweet chef and his wife delivered us some of the best tonkatsu I have ever had in my life. It was probably the most authentic Japanese lunching experience I had while I was there - as watching the chef preparing the tonkatsu in front of me was very entertaining. I guess you would have to see for yourself.

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My meal at Fukuyoshi in Harajuku
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En Route to the East.

Not meant for this blog to be a record of all the places I have travelled, but somehow it just ended up being that way. After what seems to be an endless amount of studying to finish my finals, I stayed up overnight to pack two big suitcases and hop on an early flight to Hanoi the very next day. Thankfully, the flights were pretty pleasant and I was able to sleep (which is rare), which was much needed for my tired mind. I made it to Hanoi 24 hours later, took a 6 hour sleep and then the next morning came back to the airport for a mini vacation with my family in Da Nang. I never had such a jam-packed flying schedule, and I am not planning on doing that again anytime soon.

My time in Da Nang was a blur. For all I remember, I took a lot of little naps, woke up for some breakfast buffets, visited Hoi An (which is one of my favorite places on earth), ate a lot of seafood and took a dip/got tan on the last day. Not sure if the vacation was restful, but overall it was nice to be away from New York City (though I miss certain things about NYC dearly) and be near the breath of the ocean.
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I will try to put up a lot of contents in the next month as I am on vacation. Not sure if I will have much exciting things to share, but I will try to explore more places in Vietnam, listen/post more music, and maybe do some good reflections about my life.

until then, thanks for sticking round.


From the last month or so.

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Random moments here and there from the last couple months. As of late I have been traveling a lot. From SF to Chicago, back to New York and currently at home in Omaha. After these seem to be endless flights, I soon realize home is not much about the places, but more about the people who you feel comfortable, open and happy being around.

I am thankful that I have some of these people in my life.